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 Post subject: Re: Would they ever have gone to the theatre?
PostPosted: 05 Apr 2021, 14:28 
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A play that wasn't a Nativity or panto could have made for a good storyline. Look at Autumn Term and the whole subplot about The Prince & The Pauper and Evil Lois saving the play, or The Cricket Term and Laurie throwing a hissy fit because she wants to be Caliban, and getting kicked out of the play and Miranda replacing her and doing a great job as Ariel.


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I hope this wasn't mentioned before as I only scanned the posts but the finishing school girls go to a concert that first term.

The girls in the Tirol books do go to daytime entertainments and, of course, the war was on in the Armishire books and I suppose it would have been difficult on the island.

The Swiss books are so claustrophobic though and the girls are treated like prisoners. In one of the books I have just finished reading, even the prefects require a staff escort if they want to go to Interlaken. It was to do with buying presents for their evening.

EBD, as others have said, was very into acting/theatre. Her real-life "Robin" equivalent was the mother of the actress Kate O'Mara who was quite famous when I was younger.


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My husband has never got over going to Stratford on a school trip and seeing the young Helen Mirren in the nude!


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PostPosted: 07 Apr 2021, 15:16 
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EBD missed a golden opportunity in the war years, when she could have had Lewis Casson and Sybil Thorndyke stage a Shakespeare play at the school. They visited my parents North Wales grammar school, an experience they never forgot.


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 Post subject: Re: Would they ever have gone to the theatre?
PostPosted: 07 Apr 2021, 15:38 
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Audrey25 wrote:
I hope this wasn't mentioned before as I only scanned the posts but the finishing school girls go to a concert that first term.

The girls in the Tirol books do go to daytime entertainments and, of course, the war was on in the Armishire books and I suppose it would have been difficult on the island.

The Swiss books are so claustrophobic though and the girls are treated like prisoners. In one of the books I have just finished reading, even the prefects require a staff escort if they want to go to Interlaken. It was to do with buying presents for their evening.

EBD, as others have said, was very into acting/theatre. Her real-life "Robin" equivalent was the mother of the actress Kate O'Mara who was quite famous when I was younger.

I did wonder if that counted. Isn't that the one where they go to see an opera and Miss Wilson or whoever talks about the singer and how she's had a hard life and she can channel her pain into singing?


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 Post subject: Re: Would they ever have gone to the theatre?
PostPosted: 07 Apr 2021, 20:22 
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I think it's a concert, rather than an opera, and yes, a singer called Marie-Claire de Fontevraud - someone in the audience told Miss Wilson and the girls that Marie-Claire's fiancé had been wounded during the war, and was thought to have recovered, but died on their wedding day. "Now, for the present, she sings. Some day, though, she will sing no longer at concerts.” - which I took to mean that she would probably join a religious order. A bit Mary O'Hara-ish, except that she eventually left the Benedictine order and remarried.


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